The Hero we Need

This is my son, Coleman, named for my grandfather whom I have admired and imitated as far back as I can remember. My sister-in-law took this picture of him the night he was born, three weeks ago today.

After his bath this morning, he, his mom, and I sat down to read the first chapter in the Jesus Storybook Bible together. This has been one of my favorite books in the world for the past couple of years. The subtitle of the book beautifully captures what the Bible is all about and what the wise author, Sally-Lloyd Jones, is seeking to communicate: “Every story whispers his name.” Of all the biblical theology books and books about how to understand the Bible, I actually think this children’s book is the first one I would pull off the shelf to help someone of any age understand the Scriptures. Here’s a little taste from the introduction:

Now, some people think the Bible is a book of  rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.

Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They makes some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose). They get afraid and run away. At times they are downright mean.

No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything – to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about this Story is – it’s true!

Idealist that I am, even I realize that my 3 week-old son did not understand everything we read to him this morning. But with him sitting in his little duck pajamas on my lap, we prayed that he would come to love and bow the knee to the brave Prince of Heaven, just as his great-grandfather, and grandfather, and father have come to do by grace. Like the rest of these sons of Adam, my son needs a Hero. My prayer as we closed the books on our first little effort of family worship, is that he would grow up seeing his parents wonderfully captivated by the Story of the Gospel, the Christ of the Scriptures, in all of life, and that he will see the little story of his life fitting into that Big Story.

Let’s go joyfully serve King Jesus today.

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About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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